Americas Regional Council

Lorely Ambriz

Head Librarian/Assistant Professor, El Paso Community College

Lorely Ambriz

Lorely Ambriz worked for almost 10 years (2005-2014) as the Alliances Development and Knowledge Management Specialist for the Pan American Health Organization/ Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) U.S. - Mexico Border Office. As of January 2014, she started as a full-time tenured track faculty librarian for El Paso Community College where she is the Head Librarian of a dual mission library academic and public, the Northwest Campus Library and the Jenna Welch Community Library. Simultaneously, Lorely serves remotely as an adjunct faculty for the Arizona State University / Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation and its WHO Collaborating Centre to Advance the Policy on Research for Health. At PAHO/WHO, she was responsible for the coordination of the Knowledge Management and Communication Center and the U.S.-Mexico Border Virtual Health Library (Border VHL); these are initiatives related to information dissemination, communication technologies, multimedia and mass media campaigns development and research promotion border wide. The Border VHL initiative was recognized in a supplement of The Lancet: Infectious Diseases in 2006 as the “first collaborative effort to make border health information available worldwide.” Provided guidance to technical staff and external partners to promote research and knowledge generation, this included co-producing two special issues of the PAHO Regional Journal ( Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública – Pan American Journal of Public Health ) on border related issues: in September 2010 Diabetes along the U.S.-Mexico Border and in May 2012 Health and Human Security. In 2007, she was profiled in the special edition of the Library Journal: Movers & Shakers; due to her outstanding achievements and commitment to the information sciences profession. The Library Journal noted her as one of 50 librarians making a difference. In 2017, she was recognized as the Librarian of the Year by the Border Regional Library Association (BRLA). 2018 Bronze Winner by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for producing one of the best Annual Reports in Higher Education. Lorely started serving as an OCLC alternate delegate for the Americas in 2017 and currently serving as a delegate and as part of the ARC Executive Committee.


El Paso Community College

6701 South Desert Road
El Paso, Texas 79932

Term end date: 31 October 2022